Never Too Late to Live a Little Longer? The Quest for Extended Life and Immortality – Some Ethical Considerations

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This book chapter discusses and evaluates four different efforts to extend human life: Normalize ageing, Optimize ageing, Retard ageing and postpone death, and Eliminate or overcome ageing and death.

I suggest that improved treatment of disease and handicap at all ages should be welcomed. As a secondary effect, this may in many cases result in an extension of individual lives. However, the direct aim at life extension through modification of certain basic human properties, such as genetic enhancement, should be looked at with suspicion. It may involve exaggerated risks, but the main argument is that it may diminish the existential character of what it is to be human, involving relation to others as a central aspect. To intentionally produce humans so that they become immortal is a violation against these individuals, because they lack an important existential dimension of human life.
Titel på gästpublikationFuture Perfect? God, Medicine and Human Identity, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Peter Manley Scott
FörlagT&T Clark
ISBN (tryckt)0-567-03079-2
StatusPublished - 2006

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